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Encyclopedia > Two Prudential Plaza

Two Prudential Plaza is a skyscraper built in Chicago in 1990. At 995 feet (303 m) tall, it is the fifth-tallest building in Chicago and the tenth tallest in the United States. Taipei 101, considered the worlds tallest skyscraper. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... This article is about the year. ...


At the time of completion Two Prudential was the world's second tallest reinforced concrete building. It's distinctive shape features stacked chevron setbacks on the north & south sides, a pyramidal peak rotated 45°, and an 80-foot spire.


The architect was Loebl, Schlossman & Hackl, with Stephen T. Wright as principal in charge of design.


The building is attached to One Prudential Plaza (formerly known as the Prudential building), a 44 story structure completed in 1955 as the headquarter's for Prudential's Mid-America company. At the time, the skyscraper was significant as the first new downtown skyscraper built in Chicago in 21 years. (The last such building was the headquarters of LaSalle National Bank, completed in 1934.)


When the Prudential Building was finished it had the highest roof in Chicago. Only the statue of Ceres on the Board of Trade rose higher.


The architecht was Naess & Murphy, a precursor to C.F. Murphy & Associates and later Murphy/Jahn Architects.


See also

1. ... Ostankino Tower in Moscow has been the tallest free-standing structure in Eurasia since 1967. ... Woolworth building These are lists of skyscrapers, ranked by: structural height (vertical elevation from the base to the highest architectural or integral structural element of the building). ...

Sources

  • "Too prudent Two Pru design is functional but uninspired," Chicago Tribune, Dec. 23, 1990, p. 3.
  • "Dedicate New Prudential 41 Story Building," Chicago Dailey Tribune, Dec. 9, 1955.

External links

  • Emporis entry for Two Prudential Plaza
  • Emporis entry for One Prudential Plaza
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